A New Family Member: Cat Adoption

Last Friday we had a new addition to our family, we adopted a new cat. I’ve been stalking cats on the Stafford Animal Shelter’s site for a long while. Originally the plan was to adopt in November. But I got hit with a on call notice for federal jury duty. Possibly being stuck in Billings with a new cat at home, that wouldn’t have been fair to either of us. So I put it off for a month.

I had not been to the Stafford Animal Shelter before and walking in there was a pleasant surprise, the staff was friendly and the facility super clean. I am extremely impressed with them and once I get my new cat buddy filled up with love and used to being home. I am going to volunteer to be a cat cuddler.

They have a ton of cats all the time and there seems to be a need for that. Plus I would like to give back to the Stafford Animal Shelter for taking in my little girl who was found in the attic with another cat by a repairman. The Shelter called her Mrs Wilson but she now goes by Wilhelmina Wilson.
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Easy Roasted Winter Squash Recipe

Winter squash or pumpkin is an easy way to change up your veggies and make them more seasonal. Once fall hits I start looking forward to this addition into dinners. I like to roast a big batch and than I have leftover pumpkin for lunches. You can stuff it, roast it, bake with it, smoothie it, eat it sweet or savory. It is a very versatile veggie.
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This is my favorite way to cook pumpkin and how we eat it most often. It adds such a bright cheeriness to a fall or winter meal. Cooking it this way also brings out the natural sweetness in the pumpkin and you can get some nice caramelization depending on the type of winter squash you picked.

Easy Roasted Winter Squash
1 pumpkin sliced
1 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice you pumpkin and toss in oil and salt and pepper. I do that on the baking sheet, makes life easier. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. The thicker your slices the longer it will take.

Yoga Books

It is hard sometimes to pick out a books about yoga since there are so many to chose from. So here are the fiver I use and an honorable mention since it is out of print.  As a dedicated yogi you want to  know and understand the asanas you are doing and going to class is one way to start.  But one of the most powerful ways to understand them is through a home practice and study.  That’s where the books come in.  I have listed them in the order that I bought them.

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1.The Sivananda Companion to Yoga.  This is an older book so don’t be put off by the people in leotards.  This book has great information in it and covers everything from sun salutations to pranayama.  The description of the asana is thoughtful and includes information about the chakra associated with it.

2. Power Yoga by Beryl Bender Birch. This book covers  a lot of ground, it is detailed and has wonderful pictures showing you different phases of a pose.  It includes carpal tunnel syndrome, tight shoulders and other modern issues.  It is a good solid resource even if you do not do astanga or power yoga.  She makes sure you understand the poses and emphasizes correct form.

3. Yoga the Iyengar Way by Silva, Mira, and Shyam Mehta. I love this book.  Detailed descriptions on how to do poses and modifications.  This is a great book for learning form and how to modify poses to your level or for recovering from an injury.  Iyengar yoga is methodical and precise which makes it perfect for beginners.  It also has yoga practices laid out for you in the back.  If I could only have one yoga book it would be this one.

4.The  Kundalini Yoga Experience by Guru Dharam Khalsa and Darryl O’Keefe. This was my first book on kundalini yoga.  It takes the time to talk about the chakras, yogic numerology, and how to apply that information to your yoga practice and create balance in your life.  It also has sets or kryias for each chakra.  It also covers breathing, mudras (sacred hand positions), and chanting. This book helped deepen my yoga practice.

5.Yoga: The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness by Erich Schifmann.  Schifmann came onto my yoga radar after he did the Ali MacGraw yoga video which I love and only have on video.  Almost half of the book is the theory behind yoga and the mental process that happens before and after asana practice.  He does a lovely job of describing and and showing you how to do asana.

6. Is an honourable mention since it is out of print. Kundalini Yoga: For Body, Mind, and Beyond by Ravi Singh.  I bought my copy used off amazon.  I remember looking at this book in the late ‘90’s but never bought it. This book offers sets for beginners on up, it has a little bit of everything in it.  If you own any of Ravi and Ana’s DVDs you will notice some similar sets on some of the early DVDs.  I use this book more than  my other kundalini book at this point in tim

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Superb Saturday Five: What was superb in my week.

It seems so easy to focus on what is not going right in one’s life and harder to see the good.  I decided I needed an outlet for the good thus the Saturday 5 were idea came into my head.  What five superb things that happened to me this week?  

Russian Walnut Muffins. Walnuts have omega-3s

1) Made all my reps on dumbbell bench press.  I’ve been stuck at 32.5 pounds for a couple weeks.

2) Sunny days.  Got to go play in the garden.

3) Connecting with a colleague this week.  She is awesome!

4) Russian Walnut Muffins  I love them!

5) The health of my family.

Not necessarily in any particular order but there they are my Superb Saturday 5.  What are yours?